A refreshing drink for spring and summer
The Paloma is a less-known tequila cocktail than the Margarita. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a fun drink. If you don’t already know this spring and summery drink, we want to encourage you to get to know it with this easy recipe.
The history of the Paloma cocktail
The history of the Paloma is muddled, to say the least. Here’s a hilarious account of how the cocktail wasn’t invented, as told by cocktails authority Camper English.
So although we can’t speak with any certainty on how the drink was invented, we can tell you how the version varies from the traditional. This cocktail made with tequila and grapefruit soda, such as Squirt. Typically, it would be made with a white or reposado tequila–these are the lightest styles. However this drink calls for an anejo tequila. (This is a tequila that’s been aged and is often used for sipping.)
This recipe is a Paloma with a twist
The recipe we’re featuring was sent to us by Tequila Partida. And although we suspect the choice of blending an anejo into the drink as opposed to a lighter and less expensive tequila might be driven by sales and marketing, we have to say we like the way it works in this drink.
And, although this Paloma Spritz calls for both tequila and grapefruit soda, it adds a couple of surprises. Most notably, this drink calls for Aperol. Aperol is an Italian, bitter orange aperitif. It’s the main ingredient in the Aperol Spritz cocktail (not to mention what gives the drink its distinctive orange glow). Here it’s used not only to add color to the drink but also a cleansing, bitter note to the final flavor.
Although this Paloma Spritz can’t be called a traditional Paloma, it’s a fresh and flavorful drink to serve all spring and summer long. The chef for Tequila Partida recommends serving it at your next Taco Tuesday, with a platter of aphrodisiac avocado tostadas. This sounds like a plan to us!
An easy spring and summer cocktail made with anejo tequila, Aperol and grapefruit soda.
- 1.5 oz. Anejo Tequila
- .5 oz. Aperol
- 1 oz. Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
- .5 oz. fresh lime juice
- .5 oz. agave nectar
- 1.5 oz. grapefruit soda
- Combine all ingredients and shake. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with fresh lime and a ruby grapefruit wedge.
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